Investing in a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is a powerful way to directly engage in the local economy and increase access to capital in minority, underserved communities. This guide was developed with the support of the Satterberg Foundation to help board and staff members in the philanthropic sector examine the basic processes of building a relationship with a CDFI and structuring investments in it.
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In Philanthropy Northwest's “Pacific Northwest Changemakers,” generously supported by the Satterberg Foundation, Mitchell Thomashow takes us on a tour of place-based, community-driven philanthropy, from Central Washington to Montana, from Coastal Alaska to Portland.
The Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations is the authoritative and comprehensive annual survey of the foundation investment and governance practices of private and community foundations.
June 14, 2017 Funder briefing powerpoint presentation on the imapct of the 2018 Federal budget on state and local governments by Michael Leachman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle. When RSJI began ten years ago, no U.S. city had ever undertaken an effort that focused explicitly on institutional racism. Since that time, Minneapolis, Madison WI, Portland OR and our own King County, among others, have all established their own equity initiatives. Across the United States, local governments are acknowledging that race matters.
King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan, 2016-2022
We have produced our first Strategic Plan for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ), co-created with employees and community partners. The Plan is a blueprint for action and change that will guide our pro-equity policy direction, our decision-making, planning, operations and services, and our workplace practices in order to advance equity and social justice within County government and in partnership with communities.
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a collective of anti-racist community organizers and educators committed to building an anti-racist movement. Founded in 1980 by Ronald Chisom and Jim Dunn, the organization's national office is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The People’s Institute Northwest supports and coordinates Undoing Institutional Racism (UIR) workshops as well as providing technical assistance and organizing support to community based organizations, educators, social service agencies, government, faith based organizations, prisoner organizations, coalitions for social change, and youth groups.
We believe that every child has the right to a quality education, and we support people to become the leaders who make good on that promise. Our mission is to dramatically improve educational experiences, outcomes, and life options for students and families who have been historically underserved by their schools and districts. We work to build culture, conditions, and competencies for excellence and equity in districts, schools, classrooms, nonprofits, and communities. We work with partners across the U.S. and are always seeking new partners who are committed to achieving equity in education. We offer deep, authentic, and supportive partnership, meeting our clients where they are through a range of customized coaching and consulting services.
This four-session web conference series from Grantmakers in the Arts explores practices used to advance racial equity in arts grantmaking, specifically focusing on the various practice components of the grant cycle. Every funder is different, and there is not a one-size-fits-all set of practices that will eliminate biases and inequitable outcomes. There are, however, many funders in our field using or piloting practices designed to mitigate biases and lower applicant barriers. This series will feature examples from public, private, and intermediary grantmakers that we hope will offer inspiration for other grantmakers examining their own assumptions and practices.
Grantmakers in the Arts' board of directors developed a statement of purpose for their work in racial equity in arts philanthropy with a goal to increase arts funding for ALAANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults. Originally published in 2015, this statement continues to be updated as GIA builds its knowledge of practical applications to assist institutional funders in achieving this goal.
Trends in Northwest Giving
Trends in Northwest Giving is Philanthropy Northwest's biennial report on organized philanthropy in our six-state region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming). Our 2014 edition analyzes 24,013 grants to Northwest organizations from 245 funders in 2012, totaling $979,171,356.
Top Funders and Giving By Subject in Each State
In-depth information on foundation and corporate grantmaking in each Northwest state, along with a list of the top 10 funders in each state and detailed breakdowns of giving across issue areas.
Written by Daniel Kemmis and published this in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, this monograph offers both an appreciative history and some probing questions grounded in current events. We believe that there is an intimate and vital connection between philanthropy’s aspirations to build a better society and the daily practice of democracy and civic engagement.
Produced in partnership with the D5 Coalition and the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program, "Vision and Voice" is the product of a year of research and dialogue with northwest foundation leaders about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. It includes findings from interviews with 23 regional foundation leaders and an in-depth exploration of a unique peer cohort we facilitated, consisting of 10 leaders who met on an ongoing basis to discuss and support each other in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations.
Listening and Learning
"Listening and Learning" is a vehicle for sharing the knowledge created in our region. It draws on the work of our members, regional partners and convenings of grantmakers. Through this vehicle, we share best practices, trends and continuing questions. The Listening and Learning series collects and shares latest practices and knowledge.
Lessons for Philanthropy, Journey into Indian Country
Published in 2011 by Philanthropy Northwest, the report describes work in Indian country.
Grease and Glue, Philanthropy's Unique Opportunity to Strengthen Communities,
A snapshot of Philanthropy Northwest's work in building civic capacity and strengthening civil society.
Community Foundations as Capacity Builders
Philanthropy Northwest reports on 2010 grant program to Community Foundations.